Don't miss out on the early games just because you're partying it up in the parking lot before the 4:00 kickoff. The Dish Network Tailgater ($350) is a 10 pound portable satellite TV antenna that your can take nearly anywhere — including the stadium, camping trips, or just to your poor, cable-less cousin's — and enjoy HD programming in a hurry thanks to its automatic satellite locating technology and month-to-month plans. All it's missing is the receiver, a TV, and a power source. [Scouted by Alex]
Remember Pioneer's former lineup of Elite plasma sets that offered up mind-blowing black levels and similarly gasp-inducing pricing? They're being reborn as Elite LED LCD TVs ($6,000-$8,500). Produced by Sharp, these new ultra premium sets offer proprietary RGB+Y technology for more accurate colors, Full Array LED backlighting with local dimming for superior black levels, 3D support, Netflix, YouTube, and other Internet-based connectivity options, THX certification, and Elite Advantage LiveSM support which allows technicians to connect to your TV over the Internet and tweak the settings until the picture is nothing short of perfect.
Pour all the money into audio equipment that you want — your home theater will still only be as good as the screen. Which is why you want one from SMX Screens ($2,500 and up). These pro-spec screens are available in a variety of styles, including automated masking screens, curved screens, acoustically transparent screens, and just plain ol' front projection fixed screens, each a cut above what you'll find from other manufacturers. We've been testing one out in the secret underground Uncrate Cinema for a couple months now, and it's made everything from '70s horror flicks to Inception explode off the screen like a Diet Coke bottle filled with Mentos — we tried to take a picture, but the awesomeness was so overwhelming it broke our camera. True story.
It was just a matter of time. While the fact that the Sony PlayStation 3D TV ($500) exists isn't all that surprising — it was an obvious choice to use its PlayStation brand to help move some sets — its feature set is. Instead of offering an impressively large canvas on which to play, the PlayStation TV offers up 24 inches of viewable real estate, along with 1080p resolution, quad-speed frame sequential display technology to minimize 3D crosstalk distortion, integrated stereo speakers with a dedicated subwoofer, an included copy of Resistance 3, edge LED backlighting, an included HDMI cable — pretty sure that's a world's first — and, of course, included 3D glasses.
Simplify and portable-ify your home theater setup by picking up the Epson MovieMate 85HD ($730). Capable of 720p HD with 2,500 lumens of output — both color and white light — this mobile powerhouse also features a host of inputs, including HDMI, a built-in DVD player, integrated stereo speakers, a built-in handle, and an included carrying case. Pair it with an inexpensive outdoor screen, and you'll have your very own drive-in for less than a grand. We've been super impressed with the one Epson sent to us, and plan to put it to good use during several outdoor showings this summer.